- Paperback: 1560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 8th Revised edition edition (5 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141023279
- ISBN-13: 978-0141023274
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 6.1 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,328,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings Paperback – 5 Oct 2006
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The leader in its field... if you own only one book on jazz, it really should be this one. ("International Record Review")
Reviews jazz recordings, organized by performer, and includes biographical details and lineups.See all Product description
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That said, there are still more than a few omissions of new recordings by artists featured in the book, and some jazz folk you'd expect to be mentioned don't get a look in at all.
There is more than a little sense of sadness in the ninth edition though, marking as it does the first edition to be published and updated after the untimely death of author Richard Cook. Here was a man who clearly loved his music and took the job of writing about it seriously, but could also have fun at the same time. It's not going to be the same without him, so one wonders about the future direction of this labour of love.
Definitive and essential for any enthusiast of the genre, or for anyone who wants to actually know about how to write about music.
The hours of concentrated thought and hard-listening that's gone into this monumental series from the two authors since 1992 is awe-inspiring and the latest, endlessly browsable edition is an indispensable guide for any serious jazz collector.
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